Nepenthes ‘Red Leopard’

Monday, 27 March 2017
Nepenthes 'Red Leopard' (N. ventricosa x maxima), cutting 1, smiling at its own reflection

Nepenthes ‘Red Leopard’ (N. ventricosa x maxima) cutting 1, smiling at its own reflection

This one’s a curious beast: a plant and its scions with so much variability in the pitchers — and similarities too!

Cutting 2

Nepenthes ‘Red Leopard’ (N. ventricosa x maxima) upper pitcher, cutting 2

The cuttings are actually fully established now, and between 1 and 2 years old.

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A mystery Nepenthes #3: Finale

Sunday, 26 March 2017
Mystery nepenthes

Mystery nepenthes

The pitcher is now fully mature, I think. Is it not pretty?

There is a layer of very short, fine hair on the lid.

There is a layer of very short, fine hair on the lid.

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A mystery Nepenthes #2: Opening day

Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Mystery Nepenthes

Mystery Nepenthes

Twenty-four hours ago the mystery Nepenthes was still keeping its lid resolutely shut. Did it grow a little between the first photo session and Monday’s observation? Possiblemaybeperhaps.

 

Then it popped in the night.

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A mystery Nepenthes

Saturday, 18 March 2017
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Front of pitcher

A friend gave me this Nepenthes hybrid one or two years ago, when it was much smaller. I put it under a shelf in the shadehouse — there was nowhere else to move it to — until last December, when it got a repot (sphagnum moss peat and perlite) and a brighter growing area. There were no pitchers at the time.

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Singapore 2013: #03 Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Part 1: Environment

Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Tracks of a bird (and possibly a crab).

Tracks of a bird (and possibly a crab).

A young mangrove tree

A young mangrove tree

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Mount Tomah Botanic Garden (2013)

Sunday, 10 March 2013
Little wattlebird Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

If you’re making your annual trip to the “Plants With Bite” Display and Fair at the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden in the Blue Mountains, you really should take some time to walk through the gardens as well, especially if the weather is good. The place is beautifully maintained and full of interesting plants and wildlife.

These photos are the result of an hour’s walk-and-stalk. Weather: warm and very slightly hazy, with high cloud and bright sunlight.

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There is something in my garden, and it is eating

Sunday, 13 January 2013
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Roma/Cherry tomato hybrid

This is the last remaining ripe tomato on my plant this morning. Yesterday: approximately 10 ripe and ripening tomatoes. Today: 1.

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